or will you have boundaries preventing you because of the Grades??
A 2100 is very impressive.
Unfortunately, acadmics is the most important factor in college admissions, followed by test scores (SAT) and then extra cirruculars.
If you have impressive extra cirruculars, I would say you could get into some good colleges.
Mind-blowing SAT and weak grades spells "underachiever". The schools are not trying to steal your money by putting you in classes that you're not likely to appreciate. They want people who can keep up with the work and will have a reasonable chance of graduating with respectable grades...that's one of the major measures of the success of a university.
For someone who has not shown academic self-discipline and success in the classroom during HS, the answer would be to go to a smaller college or university for at least the first two years to show that the ability to succeed in the classroom is real. Then apply to the more difficult school as a transfer student (which really is a much easier way to get in anyway...much less competition because you're filling the spots of those who didn't succeed in their first two years).
But to answer the bottom line of your question directly, yes your grades will be a serious boundary to getting admission to the top two tiers of schools.
It's certainly possible to have low grades and incredible SAT scores, but it's not what anyone would suggest. Colleges today put less stress on SATs... that includes the competative ones. That's not to say that the SATs are unimportant, because in most schools they are, but grades and extra curriculars definitely have more weight.
In general, a person with low grades and high SAT scores will be catagorized as an under achiever. One of my really good friends got a 2200 on the SAT, but his grades were not that great... he got rejected from a really competative program. He has the potential to do really well, but the fact is that he just doesn't feel he needs to try. He did get into other schools that were really good, too, but it shows that you're choices are not limitless.
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